Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Autumn Leaves

 I never use faux flowers anymore. I just don't, and I prefer to cut anything from outside no matter what kind of weed it isπŸ˜‰ This time of year I always gather sourwood branches because they stay nice for several weeks in water and have the most gorgeous color, but I could not find enough for my fall tour, and the dogwood branches I used, didn't last long. 

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Bold, eclectic Fall Tour

As excited as I am to share my home tour, I cannot go without first expressing my concern for our beautiful state and those impacted by Hurricane Florence. My heart goes out to everyone in the path, and I just hope there is minimal damage and that people are prepared and have taken the necessary steps to stay safe. We expect flooding, high winds and mudslides here in the mountains over the weekend, and we hope the large trees here in the woods around the house stay upright! 


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Monday, September 10, 2018

Autumn dining alfresco

I am all about Autumn over here and when given the chance to set an Autumn-themed alfresco table, I'm a happy girl πŸ˜€

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Hickory Ridge Homestead at Balsam Mountain Preserve

 Y'all are in for a treatπŸ˜‰ I've shared photos from this house before and some outdoor design work I did, but today, I'm taking you inside for a tour. 

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Summer back porch

It seems like Fall is just around the corner, so I thought I better share our outdoor spaces before it's too late.

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Monday, July 2, 2018

The Sofa

 Back in the spring, I saw this sofa in a historic building some friends own, which is for sale. It looked like it needed a loving home, and because I was totally smitten with the curvy shape and down filled cushion, I offered to make a trade, selling my french sofa. 

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Franciscan Ivy on the back porch

It has taken a lot longer to get the porches in summer shape this year, but now that the hard work is done, I have certainly been enjoying them every morning. I honestly cannot wait to wake up, grab a cup of coffee and head out on the porch to listen to the birds and creek.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Global, collected Summer Home Tour

I am so glad y'all are here visiting me in the mountains of western North Carolina today! I'm excited to be part of this wonderful group of bloggers that Marty has put together for her 2018 Summer Home Tours. If you are stopping by from Starfish Cottage, you'll already know just how talented all these ladies are. I'm humbled to be among them.


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

And the rest of the kitchen...

So I shared a couple weeks ago the cabinetry I painted and wanted to show the rest of this side as well, since it was also updated a little.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

A little drama in the dining room

I always say when you have been thinking about doing something for a while, you might as well go ahead and do it. Especially if it's something reversible and low cost.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Brightening up the kitchen

I should start out by saying I've never been a fan of white cabinets for my home. I'm just not. I know that's the trend (as in everyone is doing it), and they look pretty in other people's homes, but it's not been something I wanted. I love rich, dark wood with texture and love the warmth it provides. 

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Groovy, global spring home tour

Yes. I went there -- groovy, ha!  I've been seriously nostalgic about my 1970s childhood lately and felt like bringing some of the warmth I remember into my home this spring, and Marty's tour was just the perfect opportunity to share that with you all. If you're coming from Alicia's beautifully serene home at Thrifty and Chic, I'm so happy to have you here. Just be prepared for a color shockπŸ˜‰

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Setting a table for Easter

There's nothing prettier than a spring tablescape, so I thought I would show you some of my favorites that can be used for any occasion this time of year.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The red chairs

So I have these two white chairs - the plycraft Eames-style lounger and the french chair. 


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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Flowers at Balsam Mountain Preserve

I always enjoy the opportunity to create something for Balsam Mountain Preserve, and during the winter, trying to be creative keeps me on my toes.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Hygge and my favorite candles ever

Hygge (apparently pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah like we all thought) is a Danish concept that has been everywhere for a while, and as I am always late with everything, I thought it was about time to share with y'all my interpretation.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Design work and winter in the mountains

 Winter is here. 
I love winter. The reality is, though, I embrace the season I'm in because to wish for something else, seems to take away the enjoyment of living in the present.  

I had the opportunity to make winter wreaths for a friend in Eastern Tennessee. What a gorgeous farm she has, and it could not have been a more magical day when my dad and I drove up to install the wreaths.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas at Balsam Mountain Preserve

Once again, I had the pleasure of creating some Christmas spirit at beautiful Balsam Mountain Preserve. I added some holiday decor at the Boarding House, and by the front entrance which I'll show later.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

What? You don't like fruitcake??

If there is one food I cannot go through Christmas without, it is my mother's fruitcake. Yes, I said  it -- fruitcake.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

North Carolina farmhouse Christmas porch

I was super excited to find out we were going to get snow before Christmas! It seems like forever that we actually had snow during the season. 

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Home Tour

I'm so excited to invite you all in for the Christmas tour of our little house in the mountains of Western North Carolina and thankful to Marty for inviting me again. She's the sweetest, and I'm honored to be part of this tour. 


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Super simple Thanksgiving table

It certainly seems like this season is flying by at warp speed, so I got myself together and set my Thanksgiving table. 

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Setting the Thanksgiving table

Let's talk about the Thanksgiving table, shall we? 
I love Thanksgiving so much and always look forward to it. We have spent many Thanksgivings either with troops and families overseas, or sharing with neighbors in our community who were in need, and I have always found it to be an inclusive and unifying holiday regardless of how or where I spent it. 

Now that we are settled here, I always host and love the chance to set a pretty table. I really think you can use just about anything -- from the good china and sterling to the everyday stoneware or whatever you use for everyday.
Just don't use paper plates, if possible, which are so wasteful and will end up in a landfill. However, I do realize there are situations where that is the best option and it will be just as special as anything else.
In any case, mix and match what you have, whatever that is, and you can make it special. 

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fall porch

 I struggled to get my porch decorated this year. With other design projects going on, combined with my own indecisiveness, I honestly thought I'd not get anything done.

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